*President Barack Obama was joined by wife, Michelle, and daughter, Sasha, on Thursday for his final lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
Reflecting on his eight years in office, POTUS said the United States is a country that has come back from economic crisis, wars and national tragedies. “What I’ve seen is a big-hearted and hopeful and resilient people who look out for each other.”
He also said he hopes Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated.
The message, Obama said, underscores his family’s Christian faith, and that of Americans of all backgrounds. “It’s a message of unity, and a message of decency and a message of hope that never goes out of style,” he said. “And it’s one that we all need very much today.”
Performers at this year’s ceremony included Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Marc Anthony, Yolanda Adams, The Lumineers, James Taylor and Chance the Rapper. The host was actress Eva Longoria.